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Pinterest teaches us, if nothing else, that there are plenty of ideas to be had and not all of them need to be life changing.
When I first begun writing I clung desperately to any tiny morsels of inspiration that came my way. I cut out favourite sentences from paragraphs I was going to discard, hoping to save them and use them again in another story. At best I thought my creativity was a statistical likelihood given how much time I spend trying, at worst a complete fluke. I thought I would only have a finite number of good ideas so I was diligent not to waste them.
When I first begun writing, I did not believe in my ability to continually generate ideas and was certain it was only a matter of time before I dried up.
Which is why I found it so difficult to let go of my first novel. I was not sure I would have another idea. I clung to that crazy monster for too long, wasting hours and days of my writing life trying to hold it together; trying to save the good parts and glue together the worst of it.
I knew I NEEDED A BETTER IDEA but I was not sure one would come to me.
To put it simply, I was very scared.
It wasn’t until I finally set that monster aside (I cannot even bring myself to say it’s name any more) that more ideas started to bloom. It wasn’t until I made space in my mind more thoughts and inspiration arose.
Donald J. Treffinger wrote these four basic guidelines on PREPARING CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKERS.